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Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds for improvements at the Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport in Harlan County. The $80,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support an Environmental Study for future acquisition of property to expand the runway.

“Investing in our small airports in southern and eastern Kentucky is a key component to transportation safety and economic development opportunities in our region,” said Rogers. “This grant will go a long way toward preparing the Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport for growth and future economic development opportunities in Harlan County.”

The FAA grant will provide funding to conduct an Environmental Study and associated surveys for future property acquisition in the Runway Protection Zone for Runway 26. With an expanded runway, the airport will be able to host larger aircrafts.

Grants are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports, including improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. For small primary, reliever and general aviation airports, such as those in southeastern Kentucky, the grant covers 90 to 95 percent of eligible costs. 

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter @RepHalRogers or on Facebook @CongressmanHalRogers.